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Mold Breaker (Ability)

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Mold Breaker かたやぶり
Mold-Breaking
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Generation IV
Moves can be used regardless of abilities.
Generation V
Moves can be used regardless of Abilities.
Generation VI
Currently unknown

Mold Breaker (Japanese: かたやぶり Mold-Breaking) is an Ability introduced in Generation IV. Twelve Pokémon have this Ability.

Effect

In battle

Generation IV

When a Pokémon with Mold Breaker is brought out, the message "<name> has Mold Breaker!" will be displayed.

Mold Breaker negates the effects of Abilities that could potentially weaken or negate moves or the side-effects of moves that the Mold Breaker Pokémon use (Mold Breaker will allow the user's Earthquake to hit a Pokémon with Levitate, but has no effect on the player's ally's Earthquake). However, it also applies to moves that hit all Pokémon in Double and Triple Battles (for example, a Pokémon with Mold Breaker that uses Earthquake could hit its ally that has Levitate).

Mold Breaker nullifies the following Abilities (even if they would end up boosting the power of the Mold Breaker Pokémon's move): Battle Armor, Clear Body, Damp, Dry Skin, Filter, Flash Fire, Flower Gift, Heatproof, Hyper Cutter, Immunity, Inner Focus, Insomnia, Keen Eye, Leaf Guard, Levitate, Lightningrod, Limber, Magma Armor, Marvel Scale, Motor Drive, Oblivious, Own Tempo, Sand Veil, Shell Armor, Shield Dust, Simple, Snow Cloak, Solid Rock, Soundproof, Sticky Hold, Storm Drain, Sturdy, Suction Cups, Tangled Feet, Thick Fat, Unaware, Vital Spirit, Volt Absorb, Water Absorb, Water Veil, White Smoke, and Wonder Guard.

Mold Breaker only negates these Abilities in the event they weaken or negate moves; they are active in any other instance. While Mold Breaker allows a Pokémon to bypass the effects of moves that prevent status (i.e. Immunity, Insomnia, Limber, Own Tempo, and Vital Spirit, but not Leaf Guard), the status the Pokémon's move inflicts will be cured instantly after the attack. Lightningrod and Storm Drain still divert attacks in double or triple battles, but will not prevent attacks when they land (and will not make any Electric- or Water-type attacks hit with 100% accuracy, respectively).

Generation V

When a Pokémon with Mold Breaker is brought out, the message "<name> breaks the mold!" will be displayed.

Mold Breaker nullifies the same Abilities as in Generation IV, as well as the following Abilities (even if they would end up boosting the power of the Mold Breaker Pokémon's move): Big Pecks, Contrary, Friend Guard, Heavy Metal, Light Metal, Magic Bounce, Multiscale, Sap Sipper, Telepathy, and Wonder Skin.

Outside of battle

Mold Breaker has no effect outside of battle.

Pokémon with Mold Breaker

# Pokémon Types First Ability Second Ability Hidden Ability
Pinsir Pinsir Bug Bug Hyper Cutter Mold Breaker Moxie
Cranidos Cranidos Rock Rock Mold Breaker None Sheer Force
Rampardos Rampardos Rock Rock Mold Breaker None Sheer Force
Drilbur Drilbur Ground Ground Sand Rush Sand Force Mold Breaker
Excadrill Excadrill Ground Steel Sand Rush Sand Force Mold Breaker
Throh Throh Fighting Fighting Guts Inner Focus Mold Breaker
Sawk Sawk Fighting Fighting Sturdy Inner Focus Mold Breaker
Basculin Basculin Water Water Reckless Adaptability Mold Breaker
Basculin Basculin Water Water Rock Head Adaptability Mold Breaker
Axew Axew Dragon Dragon Rivalry Mold Breaker Unnerve
Fraxure Fraxure Dragon Dragon Rivalry Mold Breaker Unnerve
Haxorus Haxorus Dragon Dragon Rivalry Mold Breaker Unnerve
Druddigon Druddigon Dragon Dragon Rough Skin Sheer Force Mold Breaker
Please note that this is only 100% accurate to Generation VI games.
  • For Generation III games, ignore Abilities introduced in Generation IV and Hidden Abilities.
  • For Generation IV games, ignore Hidden Abilities.
  • For Generation V games, ignore Abilities introduced in Generation VI.

In the anime

None.png Roark Cranidos Mold Breaker.png Roark Rampardos Mold Breaker.png None.png
Cranidos Rampardos
The user cancels out the opponent's Ability when it activates.
Pokémon Method
User First Used In Notes
408 Cranidos When the opponent's Ability activates, Cranidos cancels it out.
Roark's Cranidos Shapes of Things to Come! Debut
409 Rampardos When the opponent's Ability activates, Rampardos cancels it out.
Roark's Rampardos O'er the Rampardos we Watched! None

Trivia

In other languages

Language Title
Mandarin Chinese 革新 Géxīn
The Netherlands Flag.png Dutch Schimmelbreker
France Flag.png French Brise Moule
Germany Flag.png German Überbrückung
Italy Flag.png Italian Rompiforma
South Korea Flag.png Korean 틀깨기 Teulkkaegi
Portugal Flag.png Portuguese Destruidor de Molde
Spain Flag.png Spanish Rompemoldes


Variations of the Ability Mold Breaker
Mold BreakerTurboblazeTeravolt
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